“When I Fall in Love” by Susan May Warren is the third book in the “Christiansen Family” series, the first being “Take a Chance on Me”, and the second “It Had to be You”. All were published by Tyndale House publishers; “When I Fall in Love” was published on June 20, 2014.
Grace Christiansen comes from a big family, and if you are interested in the older siblings’ stories, then check out the first two books in the series. Grace is very interested in cooking and culinary skills, yet is very pressured when her older sister Eden wants Grace to cater her wedding with Hawaiian food. Grace’s family surprises her with a vacation to Hawaii to prepare, which, much to Grace’s dismay, involves getting out of the house and onto the plane. Thus, Eden’s fiancée Jace gets a guy from his hockey team to meet up with her and help her manage through the airport. Grace is horrified at practically being babysat, but is soon charmed by the man in the seat next to her.
Maxwell Sharpe is also not too delighted to discover that the beautiful lady sitting next to him is the one he got strapped into looking out for. It doesn’t take too long for Max to develop a reluctant admiration for her and her food, though, yet he still wrestles with personal demons and fears, and cannot afford to fall in love with Grace.
This book has an underlying challenge to not let your past or fears interfere with discovering the abundant life that God has in store for you, and I really appreciate it! It is always a good reminder to trust God and love others. The characters were easily relatable and understandable in their fears and emotions, and reading about all the food made my mouth water. I would recommend this book; I only read the second and the third in the series and they made enough sense to get by, but it would most likely be better to read all of them in order, especially considering that there are more books yet to come.
Thank you to Tyndale House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to give a positive review.